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R.I.P. Etta James

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After fighting long battles with leukemia, dementia, and hepatitis C, 73-year-old legendary soul/blues/jazz singer Etta James died today.  Details inside...

 

With her husband and sons by her side, "At Last" singer Etta James passed away today at a Riverside, California hospital.  Her 74th birthday would have been next Wednesday.

L.A. native Mrs. James had been undergoing treatment for leukemia since early 2011.

" This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world," her manager Lupe De Leon said. "She was a true original who could sing it all -- her music defied category.  I worked with Etta for over 30 years. She was my friend and I will miss her always."

The legendary spitfire, born Jamesetta Hawkins, with such an iconic voice had six Grammys under her belt and seventeen Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. 

Her life was portrayed on-screen in the 2008 Cadillac Records musical bio-pic, which was loosely based on the rise and fall of James' label of 18 years, Chess Records.  That voice, that fieriness, and her beauty will indeed be missed.

R.I.P.

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R.I.P. Etta. xxxxx

R.I.P. Etta. xxxxx
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R.I.P. Etta. xxxxx

R.I.P. Etta. xxxxx
Anonymous's picture

I lost my mom and then Etta

I lost my mom and then Etta James within a few months, two of the women i loved most in this world. Im truely feeling lost. At least Etta left the world such a wonderfull body of music that we will be able to love forever even though the amazing woman isnt with us in body she surely is in soul.
tom's picture

just looked at the film clip,

just looked at the film clip, umm was'nt that diana ross, toward the end, in the black tux and white bow tie?
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rest in peace ms. etta james,

rest in peace ms. etta james, luv her music. some of my favorites, "at last", "sunday kind of love", "trust in me", "rather go blind". she became even more beautiful as she got older. she will live on through her music for generations to come. the movie "cadillac records", exposed her legendary music to a younger generation. a generation that most, would have never known of her existence, or her music.
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RIP but she Always came

RIP but she Always came across as a Jealous Diva Bitch.
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A cracked open soul, That

A cracked open soul, That refuses to die, To week to keep on going, Yet too strong to die. Left us at Last But took the time To share her past In powerful rhymes. A conflicted soul that we ll have to mourn Yet, there is no rose without a thorn. - Rest in peace Miss Jamesetta Hawkins, a true lover of love. Bibi << want some more?? < http://pointnoir.tumblr.com >>
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Etta had dementia so she was

Etta had dementia so she was not herself in the last few years of her life (as told by some of her comments while performing live), so finally she can be at peace. She will live on through her music, always. At Last...
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R.I.P Miss Etta...

R.I.P Miss Etta...
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RIP Ms. Etta James may her

RIP Ms. Etta James may her style and sound continue to teach those who don't know. She was truly someone to listen to, respect and idolize. Many young people may have become aware of Ms. James from the movie Cadillic Records but many many more people were already down with this lady and her sound.
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She was absolutely gorgeous!

She was absolutely gorgeous!
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Such a beautiful woman!

Such a beautiful woman!
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All I could do is cry. RIP

All I could do is cry. RIP
Philia's picture

rip etta james

rip etta james
Anonymous's picture

She was one of the great ones

She was one of the great ones now we only have Tina left over from that golden age of music. R.I.P. Ms. James.
Dawn's picture

ummm, Patti, Gladys AND

ummm, Patti, Gladys AND Aretha are still very much alive...
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My grandma told me how she

My grandma told me how she used to go to the clubs back in the day and see her singing there... She was a true talent, who blessed us with some beautiful music... R.I.P. Ms. Etta
Britty's picture

DAMN! CAN THESE BEYONCE

DAMN! CAN THESE BEYONCE NAYSAYERS PAY THEIR REST RESPECT WITHOUT TRYING TO DRAG BEYONCE'S GOOD NAME IN THE MUD?!? GOD BLESS YOUR SOULS. RIP ETTA JAMES
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I just busted out crying...I

I just busted out crying...I always thought she would pull through because she's fought and won so many battles. What a fantastic woman and artist!
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Dropping in to pay my

Dropping in to pay my respect. RIP
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Dropping in to pay my

Dropping in to pay my respect. RIP
Anonymous's picture

Dropping in to pay my

Dropping in to pay my respect. RIP
Anonymous's picture

Rest in paradise, Etta.

Rest in paradise, Etta. Another legend ascends to heaven.
Anonymous's picture

is she bleaching.......... ??

is she bleaching.......... ??
Keisha's picture

Very appropriate. smh

Very appropriate. smh
Anonymous's picture

who said " gone too soon"

who said " gone too soon" she was almost 74!!! Lol it was time... RIP Ms. James
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Beyonce aint got nothing on

Beyonce aint got nothing on Etta's style on this song! R. I. P!!!
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RIP....SN:Its funny how they

RIP....SN:Its funny how they threw in that Beyonce tidbit and Etta James aint even like Bey like that!
Ebz's picture

you're the one actually

you're the one actually bringing up beyonce, you dumb b1tch!!! of course the article is going to mention that her life was featured in a film however it didn't mention that beyonce was the one that played her in the movie, you're the one that actually felt to need to formally bring her up. i'm a fan of beyonce and i f8cking hate it when people feel the need to bring her up in every f8cking story/artilce/post/comment that doesn't directly relate to her. this story had nothing to do with beyonce so keep her out of it. more importantly, R.I.P. Etta James. i knew she was sick and that she would eventually succumb to her illnesses but i didn't expect it so soon....she was a legend, a true talent, she lived her life on her terms and blazed a path for so many after her. the world has truly lost a great talent.
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LMAO! Another crazed Beyonce

LMAO! Another crazed Beyonce fan. You idiots actually believe in keeping your heads up this woman's ass. Mr. or Mrs. anonymous I'm gonna need you to remove your head from Beyonce's bum and breathe for a few. I think the oxygen is getting cut off to your brain. HA! i love f*cking with beyonce fans.
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Exactly what I was thinking.

Exactly what I was thinking. I guess not even the dead can get away from the Be- NONE Ce mania. Rip Etta.
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Bless your soul Etta! Nobody

Bless your soul Etta! Nobody did it like you and no one ever will!!!
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R.I.P. Ms. James. everybody

R.I.P. Ms. James. everybody knows her song At Last. but i love Damn your eyes and Tuesday Morning. so many good songs. she will truly be missed.
Anonymous's picture

She looks like Reece

She looks like Reece Whitherspoon playing Tina Turner on the 3rd pic. #RIP - a true talent.
Anonymous's picture

a true true legend. Nobody

a true true legend. Nobody could deliver her song "Blind Girl" like her - nobody, damn, rest in peace Etta
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Helll YEEE!! Finally It

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Helll YEEE!! Finally It

Helll YEEE!! Finally It Happened.....I got rid of all my ISHHH from my cre dit report y'all - I was in deep for 5 years. Coudn't buy sheeet. Just approved for that 25k loan to buy a new CAMAARO!!! IF YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH THAT CRE DIT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL IT. YOu can get yours too, call these people at 877-873-0853 - they did an amazing job for me and fo a price that can't be beat nowhere, REAL CHEAP. Got Rid of all my Shyyyt - i coudn't believe how quick they work. My homeboy was in terrible shape too, and he clean IN A MATTER OF ONE SUMMER! Getting a condo now. Hit em up - they will help!!
Anonymous's picture

Nak, get some education

Nak, get some education before you start talking out the side of your mouth about something you don't understand...She was a great singer and should have been given more accolates for her work then she got, people only got to know because a certain fake blond chick decide to sing her song and not give her credit, I would say that is underrating her talent....Most people only got to know her work and because of it...So before you starting making comments about something you dont understand take the time to look it up and have put into a sentence for you to understanding the meaning.
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u r picking on the wrong

u r picking on the wrong idiot. The person who wrote that just wanted attention. Check their name
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RIP Ms Etta James,In the

RIP Ms Etta James,In the words of Gladys Knight ,I Hope You Dance....
Anonymous's picture

Wow, I didn't know she had

Wow, I didn't know she had dementia. That's terrible. Oh, well- I hope she's at peace now.
LA's picture

Loved her and everyone else

Loved her and everyone else on chess records...Howlin, Muddy, walter, chuck berry. Lets all listen to this music today instead of the CRAP on the radio
Anonymous's picture

R.I.P Etta James True Legend

R.I.P Etta James True Legend
Georgia's picture

RIP to Miss Etta James. Your

RIP to Miss Etta James. Your music will live on. "I'd Rather Go Blind" is my favorite song of hers.
Melody's picture

yeah that's a great song!

yeah that's a great song! didnt realise it was hers
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R.I.P Etta James True Legend

R.I.P Etta James True Legend
Georgia's picture

R.I.P.

R.I.P.
Anonymous's picture

so cool to have lived with

so cool to have lived with such a classic legend on earth! may she Rest In Peace! Love.
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rest in paradise ms. james.

rest in paradise ms. james.
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RIP A true talent! At Last

RIP A true talent! At Last will play in our hearts forever!
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